Good morning! It’s Thursday, which means it’s almost Friday! Woo hoo!
I would like to first point out that I have added a gardening tab up top. On that tab you will find a lot of gardening resources, from websites to books to blogs. I have also added a PDF 2010 calendar which you can use for garden planning this season. I will be adding to this tab all season long as I find new great resources, so check back periodically.
On to today’s topic – eating at home instead of eating out. Why would you want to eat at home when you could just eat out? Well let me give you 10 great reasons to cook at home and avoid the restaurant:
1. You know exactly what you are eating. Since you prepared it, you know what’s in it. Who knows what’s going on back in that restaurant kitchen!
2. You save money. You can cook a delicious and nutritious meal at home for much cheaper than eating out.
3. You consume fewer calories. Research shows that people consume fewer calories when eating at home compared to eating at restaurants. No giant dinner platters with three servings on them in your own kitchen.
4. You not only consume less calories but you also burn calories. Washing dishes by hand burns approximately 151 calories per hour for an average 145 pound person. Not to mention cooking, which burns approximately 139 calories per hour for the average 145 pound person. Do 30 minutes of each and you’ve just burned 145 calories.
5. You can fix your meal however you want. Cook your food to suit your own personal tastes.
6. You can spend quality time with your family while preparing and eating a home-cooked meal. Hear about everyone’s day and linger at the table as long as you want.
7. Cooking at home regularly makes eating out more special. When you don’t eat out all the time, that birthday or anniversary dinner out at a restaurant is that much more exciting. And since you’ve been saving money by eating at home (see #2) you can afford to splurge on a bit nicer restaurant that you normally would.
8. Leftovers! Save the dinner leftovers and eat them for lunch the next day. Saves even more money (see #2).
9. Cooking at home is actually faster than eating out (other than drive through). Add up the time you spend driving to a restaurant, waiting for a table, deciding what you want, waiting to order, waiting for your food, waiting for the bill, and then driving home. In that amount of time you could have prepared an excellent dinner at home and avoided all that waiting!
10. Do you really need another reason? Review the first 9 reasons!
Okay the last one was sort of a cop out but it just seemed wrong to call this post “9 Reasons to Cook at Home”. :D
Did I forget anything? Are there any other great reasons to cook at home instead of eating out?